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Difference between the pronouns This, That, These and Those
Pronouns are quite simple, however do you get a little confused on using this, that, these and those. This lesson will help you to clear all your doubts and you can use these pronouns confidently.
This (singular pronoun)– We use this to talk about people or things near us or close at hand.
- 1) This is a book.
- 2) This is a marker.
This is also used to introduce people and also used to introduce ourselves, to begin the conversation on the phone.
- 1) This is my friend, John.
- 2) Hello, this is Niharika, is it the right time to talk to you?
That (Singular Pronoun) – That is used to talk about things that are not near us, the things which are more distant.
- 1) That is a book.
- 2) That is a marker.
The Difference between these and those is rooted in the difference between the words this and that. These and Those are plural versions of this and that.
These (Plural Pronoun) – These is used to something which is here, right next to us or is easily referenced as close by.
- 1) These are books.
- 2) These are markers.
Those (plural pronoun) – Those is used to something which is not near us, at distance.
- 1) Those are books
- 2) Those are markers.
So just keep in mind the above rules and take a test to see if you have understood this well.
Thank you so much for the video, Your awesome! , I just have a question: I use those for plural “Things” far away so, what if I need to use it for far away people, should I use “these” or “those” or should I refer to them as a singular?!
BTW, I got 90% (:
Hello Zizo, Excellent question! I too received a 90% on my test. My answer for the following question was incorrect:
(Those) Boots she is wearing look very expensive.
I was wondering if you got the same one incorrect. I knew it was either “These” or “Those” but wasn’t sure if she was far away or close. “Those” sound better when speaking out loud. I also wondered if I could use the article, “The” as well. I hope the instructor can clarify our questions on usage.